Wendell Pritchett, legal historian at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been named Chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden. Thanks to Al Brophy for the news.
Yale Law School has solidified its role as a magnet for JD/Ph.D. students in legal history with two great hires this year, John Fabian Witt from Columbia and Claire Priest from Northwestern.
The University of Michigan Law School has also made an important hire, bringing in William Novak, History Department, University of Chicago.
The University of Iowa, for many years a strong school in legal history, has recruited Tom Gallanis from the University of Minnesota. (Minnesota's strong hiring in the field in recent years means that the school will remain among the strongest schools in the field in the midwest.)
And breaking news: Christopher Tomlins will move from the American Bar Foundation to U.C. Irvine.
Two legal historians have become law school deans: Davison Douglas is the new Dean at William and Mary, and Bruce Smith is Dean at the University of Illinois.
Congratulations to all! (And if I have missed someone, please add a comment or e-mail me.)